Cooking at my grandmother’s house

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Amman, Jordan

Going to Petra Kitchen was great but I wasn’t finished my Jordan food exploration. Jordan Tourism also booked me into Beit Sitti, an Amman cooking school in the artists’ neighborhood.

Maria runs the school and named it Beit Sitti because it means “My grandmother’s house” and throughout the house you can see beautiful vintage photos of her grandmother and mother.



I was so excited when Maria told me I would learn how to make my favourite Jordanian food – mouttabal!


As the group was small and I hate peeling potatoes, Mahmoud pitched in and peeled mine to make the siniyet kafta which is kind of like a meat loaf topped with potato and tomatoes.


I always considered myself to be a good cook but I was no match for Aya and her father, from Egypt. Aya was finishing up her Masters at the Sorbonne in Paris and has ambitious plans to take on the world. The girl knows how to make bread.


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It was a really nice night of standing around a table, preparing food and laughing about life and everyone’s cooking skills. I really do believe there is no better way to spend a night than around great people and delicious food.


Disclosure: I was a guest of the Jordan Tourism Board, they did not insist that I write a favourable review or ask Mahmoud to also participate in the class.



  1. says

    I know so little about Indonesian cuisine that I’m thinking of doing a course in Bali next month. Food and sharing it is such a huge part of so many cultures. Nom nom nom!

  2. says

    I’ve just re-read my comment and think I ought to point out that I realise Jordan is not in Indonesia. Your post inspired me and I got a bit excited that’s all!

    • Ayngelina says

      I took a lot of classes while I was in Toronto – Chinese, French Farmhouse cooking etc. It’s nice to get out on the road and take them.

  3. says

    I find attending to a cooking course while traveling brings as good (or even better!) experiences than visiting a common sight. You get to mingle, talk and learn something that you can actually take home with you and make part of your daily life.
    I attended a thai cooking course in Phuket and loved it! (I’m known for preparing a killer green curry!).
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